Estadio Defensores del Chaco

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Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco
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The stadium during a match between Olimpia Asunción and 3 de Febrero in 2011.
Location Asunción
Paraguay Paraguay
Owner The local council of Asunción
Capacity 40,759 seated[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1917[2]
Renovated 2000
Tenants
Paraguay national football team, Club Nacional, Club Guaraní, Club Olimpia (1917-Present)

Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco is a multi-purpose stadium in Asunción, Paraguay. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium once had a 50,000+ capacity, however over the years the stadium has undergone remodeling. dropping the capacity to 40,759.[3]

Overview[edit]

The stadium was opened in 1917 and its first name was "Estadio de Puerto Sajonia" because it was located in the Sajonia neighbourhood in Asunción. After Uruguay won the Olympic gold medal in football in 1924, the Paraguayan Football Association decided to rename the stadium "Uruguay" to honor the South American Nation. Later, the name was reverted to Estadio Puerto Sajonia.

During the Chaco War, the stadium was used as a munitions depot and troop meeting arena. After the war, it was renamed with the current name "Defensores del Chaco" (Defenders of the Chaco) in honour of the triumphant soldiers that took part in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia. It underwent renovations during 1939, 1996 and 2007.[4]

The stadium is not owned by a team (it is a National stadium) and it is used primarily to host the home games of the Paraguay national football team and for international football club tournament games such as the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. It also held important matches during the 1999 Copa América, including the final in which Brazil defeated Uruguay.

Tenants[edit]

The Paraguay national football team plays their home fixtures at the stadium during FIFA World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies.

Local clubs such as Club Olimpia, Club Nacional and Club Guaraní often play their home games at the stadium for Primera División Paraguaya, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana fixtures.

Fans of Olimpia Asunción prior to a fixture of the 2013 Copa Libertadores

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • 1 February 2009; two anti-riot police officers were killed and five injured when they were struck by a cement block that was part of the stadium. The cement block fell from a height of seven meters. The football match taking place during the collapse was delayed 40 minutes.[5]

Other events[edit]

Country Artist Date Tour
Sweden Roxette 23 April 1992 Join the Joyride! World Tour
Mexico Luis Miguel 3 December 1996 Tour America 1996
Mexico RBD 25 April 2008 Empezar desde Cero Tour 2008
France Spain
United States Switzerland
Il Divo 20 December 2011
United Kingdom Paul McCartney 17 April 2012 On the Run

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Coordinates: 25°17′31.46″S 57°39′26.57″W / 25.2920722°S 57.6573806°W / -25.2920722; -57.6573806

Preceded by
Estadio Hernando Siles
La Paz
Copa América
Final Venue

1999
Succeeded by
Estadio El Campín
Bogotá